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Hilltop-Sired Offspring at USDF Nationals

Congratulations to all the owners, riders, and breeders whose horses qualified for the USDF National Finals.  In its second year at the Kentucky Horse Park the show has a true Championship feel to it and draws competitors from across the entire country.  It was wonderful to see so many of the stallion’s offspring well represented.  Two Bugatti offspring qualified for the National Championships, the Hilltop-bred and Marchella Richardson owned Boccaccio IOF (Bugatti-Rubinstein I) and the Iris Aberbach owned/bred Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt).   Boccaccio and rider Debbie Hill qualified for both the Third Level and Fourth Level Championships earning a Reserve Championship in both.  Boxster A, ridden by Michael Bragdell, finished just behind Boccaccio in the Fourth Level Open Championship, earning 3rd place.  The Hilltop-bred mare Con Dia (Contucci-Cor Noir), owned and ridden by Stephanie McNutt, competed in the Prix St. Georges and Fourth Level Adult Amateur Championships.  The pair earned a 4th and 8th place finish in the Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges Championships, respectively.  Under Jim Kofford’s ride, Hilltop Farm Guest Stallion and Don Principe offspring, Doctor Wendell MF (Don Principe-Sandro Hit) capped off an excellent 2014 show career with a 6th place finish in the Third Level Open Championship for owner/breeder Marydell Farm.  Don Principe offspring Dynamic MF (Don Principe-Rubinstein), bred by Marydell Farm and owned/ridden by Leslie Lytton, qualified and competed in the Third Level Adult Amateur Championship and Delovely (Don Principe-Johns Line xx), owned/bred by Janet Stone, qualified and competed in the First Level Open Championship. A Donarweiss gelding Danka Shoene RRS (Donarweiss- Rubinstein), owned and bred by Melinda Walton and ridden by Silva Martin, competed in the Training Level Open Championships.  The pair earned a 70.067% and 10th place finish. The Royal Prince gelding Royal Heir (Royal Prince- Goldschlaeger), bred by Gypsy Woods Farm and owned and ridden by Tena Friehling, qualified for the Second Level Open Championship.  Tena and Royal Heir had a great test and finished Reserve Champion in the class.  Roca (Royal Prince-Lesters Patron), owned and ridden by Jennifer Sotiroff and bred Suzanne Edwards, qualified and competed in the Third Level Adult Amateur Championship. Carolynn Desnoyer and her own mare Fresca (Festrausch-Raymeister), bred during Festrausch’s time here at Hilltop, earned a Reserve Championship in the Training Level Adult Amateur Championship.   We’re so pleased to see so many of the stallions’ offspring competing successfully with professional and amateur riders alike.  We hope to see many of you at Nationals again next year!

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Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.

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The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.

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Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul): We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT. Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! >>>

USDF 2017 Year-End Awards: Congratulations to Michael Bragdell on an outstanding year. >>>

Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced: The North American Stallion Sport Test, LLC has released the schedule of events for both the East Coast and West Coast stallion tests in Oct/Nov 2017. All listed events are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. >>>

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Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>